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Kenya, Mozambique commit to strengthen bonds

Kenya and Mozambique on Thursday signed seven MoUs on various areas of cooperation, including mutual legal assistance, diplomatic training, public service training, investment promotion, Blue Economy, and mutual recognition of driving licenses.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, President William Ruto said the Kenya-Mozambique relations stand on a strong pedestal of trade and investment.

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The head of State said “Kenya celebrates the long-standing warm and cordial relations between the two countries” even as he undertook to strengthen ties between Nairobi and Maputo, “to enhance trade volumes that remain relatively low.”

The President lauded the agreements signed Thursday, for instance in the area of security saying the stability of countries is front and center of any meaningful nationhood.

“Signing of the agreements on defense and security is significant because we are dealing with the challenge of violent extremism, terrorism, and organized crime in our region. Sharing of experiences will make our teams better prepared,” said Ruto

“No meaningful development can take place in an environment that is not secure or in a space that is not stable,” he added

On behalf of Kenya, he assured his host that he was “looking forward to cooperation in this space so that we can get rid of terrorists and criminals who are impeding our progress,”

President Ruto said this when he held bilateral talks with President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi in Maputo, Mozambique.

Ruto who is on a two-day State Visit is in the company of First Lady Rachel Ruto, Justin Muturi (Attorney General), Cabinet Secretaries Alfred Mutua (Foreign Affairs), Aden Duale (Defence) among others.

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